Creating jobs for Saudis ‘key target’

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Riyadh 2019 Forum kicked off on Sunday. (SPA)
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Riyadh 2019 Forum kicked off on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 04 March 2019
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Creating jobs for Saudis ‘key target’

  • $6bn allocated to support SMEs
  • Recruiting young Saudi men and women is among the ministry’s main targets in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: Riyadh 2019 Forum kicked off on Sunday with a special highlight on the potential employment opportunities in the labor market of Saudi Arabia. It is organized by the Human Resource Development Fund, and will be held for three days at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Under the umbrella of the forum, a number of leaders in the government sector came together for an interactive session under the theme “foreseeing employment trends under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030” to discuss labor market challenges and Saudization catalysts.
The session was attended by Abdullah Abuthnain, deputy minister of labor and social development; Ahmed Al-Fuhaid, governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corp. (TVTC); Rumaih Al-Rumaih, chairman of the Public Transport Authority; Mohammed Al-Sudairy, director general of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF); and Ibrahim Al-Rashed, general director of the Social Development Bank.
Abuthnain underlined that recruiting young Saudi men and women is among the ministry’s main targets in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, in partnership with the private sector.
He also stressed the importance of raising the attractiveness of the work environment in the private sector, and providing occupational health and safety requirements for attracting distinctive human cadres to work in private enterprises.
Al-Rumaih pointed out that the Public Transport Authority is seeking to Saudize several sectors in the fields of road and maritime transport, rail and logistics. The transport sector can provide thousands of jobs for Saudi nationals, he added.
Al-Fuhaid tackled short-, medium- and long-term jobs and future skills and creating future jobs according to economic activity. “The TVTC is working on integrating future skills in all existing and new disciplines, as well as designing curricula that go along the 21st century skills,” he said.
Al-Rashed revealed that the Social Development Bank has allocated a budget of up to SR22 billion ($6 billion) to support the establishment of more than 70,000 small-size enterprises in the private sector.


King Salman arrives in Makkah for last ten days of Ramadan

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King Salman arrives in Makkah for last ten days of Ramadan

  • On his arrival in Makkah, King Salman was received by the governor of the region Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and other officials
  • The king will chair the 14th session of the OIC’s Islamic Summit in Makkah on May 31

RIYADH: King Salman arrived in Makkah on Saturday where he will spend the last ten days of Ramadan, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. 

On his arrival in the city, King Salman was received by the governor of the region Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and other officials including Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, the chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.

The king will spend the last ten days of Ramadan, seen as the most virtuous and blessed days of the holy month, in Makkah to be near the Grand Mosque.  

Saudi Arabia will host the 14th session of the OIC’s Islamic Summit in Makkah on May 31, chaired by King Salman.

The summit, according to SPA, is titled “Makkah Summit: Together for the Future” and aims to develop a unified stance on events in the Islamic world.